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GP practices across the Isle of Wight re-introduce COVID guidance to protect services

Dr Michele Legg, Island GP and Clinical Director for the Isle of Wight on the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group said:

 “In recent days, like in other parts of the country, we have seen a rise in COVID infections on the Isle of Wight which is impacting health services. This includes staff becoming unwell but also patients presenting at GP surgeries with symptoms.

 “Many of our GP practices have taken the decision to reintroduce mask wearing alongside a plan to try to limit the spread of infection and protect services.

 “We urge patients and the community to support this decision and ensure they follow guidance on site to ensure we can safeguard the island health system.

 “We would also remind people not to present at GP surgeries if they have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19. 

 “Thank you for your support.”

 Guidance on COVID-19

If you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

There are simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors.
  • Practise good hygiene:
  • wash your hands
  • cover your coughs and sneezes
  • clean your surroundings frequently
  • Wear a face covering or a face mask.

There is further guidance available online on steps you can take to protect other people if you are unwell with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19.